TEACHING & LEARNING AT IPBME
IPBME teaching is approximately 18 hours per week for the first year, made up from a combination of mandatory and optional courses.
Courses are offered from all specialties contained within the College of Biomedical Engineering, providing a vast portfolio of learning opportunities. Students can choose to attend courses from departments across CBME in a variety of specialties including bioengineering and processing technologies, membrane technologies, nanotechnologies, bio-optomechatronics, instrumentation, biomedical equipment and devices, stem cell and regenerative medicine, therapeutic protein products, nano-scale drug delivery devices, cancer diagnosis & therapy, and translational therapies.
IPBME provides bi-weekly lectures from local and foreign expert researchers or industry leaders as part of the “Mu-Shan academia-industry forum” to improve students’ skills, performance, and global vision.
IPBME courses are preferentially taught as interactive small-group seminars, although some courses are delivered as traditional lectures.
IPBME compulsory courses are designed to provide fundamental training in principles of biomedical engineering, as well as training in essential experimental techniques and analytical equipment. More advanced, specialised courses are also available
All IPBME students are provided with access to subscription-based academic journals via TMU. These are available on-site and off-site via VPN.
TMU provides an online learning management system, my2TMU, where Professors upload class handouts, participate in Q&As, and where students submit assessments and receive grades.
We appreciate that doctoral studies can be stressful and that foreign students face unique challenges. IPBME works closely with TMU Office of Global Engagement (OGE) who provide assistance with administrative tasks such as applying for accommodation, visas, health insurance etc. OGE provides English-speaking personnel specifically placed to assist foreign students.
In addition, CBME operates a mentoring system. All IPBME students are assigned a tutor (mentor) upon arrival. The tutor is an independent member of CBME faculty who is not involved in the student’s research project or supervision. Each tutor is given a small budget to organise an informal meeting with their tutees (i.e. for lunch) a few times per academic year, where they may discuss personal, professional or research-related issues. The tutor is an independent, confidential point of contact for a student who is experiencing difficulties at any time.